A Power of Attorney in the state of Ohio authorizes an individual to act as the "attorney-in-fact" or "agent" of the person granting the power in the state of Ohio. This gives the agent legal power to make decisions on behalf of the "principal," or person granting the power. The types of decisions that an agent can make on behalf of the principal include financial decisions, health-care decisions, and giving consent to withhold or stop medical and diagnostic treatments.
How to Obtain Power of Attorney in the State of Ohio
Speak with the agent whom you wish to grant the Durable Power of Attorney to outline your concerns to make certain that he or she understands your wishes.
Locate a lawyer who is registered with the Ohio State Bar who will be able to explain to you the laws regarding Durable Power of Attorney. Contact the Ohio Bar directly for referrals or ask family and friends if they can make a recommendation.
Make an appointment with the lawyer for an initial consultation. Some law firms provide free consultations over the phone.
When meeting with the attorney, take all related documentation with you so that they may be referenced during the meeting. You may also want to consider bringing along a notebook and a pen, so that you can take notes when speaking with the attorney. In most instances, the individual who is being appointed the agent will also need to be present.
Discuss the details of your situation with the attorney. Encourage the potential agent to ask any questions he or she may have regarding his or her involvement. Be sure you understand the legal requirements concerning Durable Power of Attorney, whether it is valid in any other state besides Ohio and what is involved should you wish to revoke it.
Retain the Services of an Attorney
Review and consider the information that was provided during the meeting.
If you or the potential agent have any questions about the process or the legal responsibilities, contact the lawyer, who will then address your concerns.
If you're satisfied with the attorney, retain him or her. The attorney will then execute the paperwork granting the agent Durable Power of Attorney.